Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

February 19–December 20, 2020

The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact.

 

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1986; quilted by Willia Ette Graham, 1986; velvet, velveteen, faux fur, panné velvet, and velvet backing; 86 x 74 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Three Sixes, 1996; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1996; polyester double knit, linen-weave cotton or polyester, cotton, rayon, and cotton muslin backing; 96 × 96 in.; BAMPFA, bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, c. 1987; quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, 1991; rayon, polyester, double knit, and cotton knit; 100 x 60 ½ in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1991; velvet, velveteen, velour, and cotton backing; 73 x 67 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 2005; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 2008; cotton, corduroy, rayon linen, polyester print, cotton terry, cotton embroidery, cotton bedding, and other fabrics with cotton muslin backing; 26 x 39 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

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  • Saturday, May 9, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery + Studio: Under Cover and Over the Top

    Explore Rosie Lee Tompkins’s distinctive quilts in the galleries, then make paper and cloth mosaics inspired by her artworks.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Sunday, May 3, 2 PM

    CANCELED: Feral Fabric Workshop

    Join artists Amanda Walters and Paulina Berczynski to make back patches and textile collages, and find out just how undomesticated cloth can be!

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Sunday, March 15, 2 PM

    CANCELED: Community Quiltmaking Workshop

    Come and collaborate on a community-based patchwork quilt in this workshop for all ages, led by artist Nelli Astvatsatrian.

    This program was originally scheduled for March 15. All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Sunday, April 5, 2 PM

    CANCELED: Improvisational Quilt-Print Making Workshop

    Join artist Matt Katsaros for an afternoon of improvisational quiltmaking using paper collage and Risograph printing.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • CANCELED: Sign Language–Interpreted Tour: Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins on a special tour with American Sign Language interpretation by Patricia Lessard.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Saturday, March 7, 11 AM

    Fabric Postcard Collage Workshop

    Join quiltmakers Stacey Sharman and Kristen Takakuwa of Berkeley’s Hello Stitch Studio to explore the art of quilting as you create fabric postcards.

  • Saturday, February 29, 2 PM

    Colloquium: Re-visioning the Art of Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Scholars Elaine Yau, Horace Ballard, and Lisa Gail Collins shed new light on Tompkins, her cultural context, and her place in modern and contemporary art.

    Note: An email announcement mistakenly listed this event's start time as 3 PM.

  • Selected Wednesdays and Sundays

    Guided Tours: Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Join a guided tour to discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • First and Third Fridays

    CANCELED: Rosie Lee Tompkins: Up Close

    Take an intimate look at Rosie Lee Tompkins’s techniques and materials in an up-close viewing session on the museum’s lower level.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Wednesday, February 19, 12 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Explore the art and life of Rosie Lee Tompkins with a gallery talk by exhibition cocurator Elaine Yau.